Sunday, 20 March 2016

Black Leopards

Captive Black Leopard pictured at Kevin Richardson Lion Sanctuary
Safari guest often ask about Black Leopards, after all some of our safaris visit Black Leopard Camp, which lies at the epicentre of Black Leopard sightings in South Africa over the last forty years.
The cats above were pictured at Kevin Richardson's Lion Sanctuary. Kevin has been a long time supporter of our work with leopards in South Africa.
Black Leopards are not a sub species, but rather a normal leopard with an over abundance of melanin in the coat rendering all the body black. However as you can see from the examples above, the distinct leopards rosettes and spot pattern is still there, if very well camouflaged.

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